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SpaceGhost (23971) writes "KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas reports that after Google detected an explicit image of a young girl in a users email they reported it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led to his arrest. Google did not respond to questions the reporter asked about this use of their technology, and the article does not make clear if it was a gmail account." Link to Original Source top
Texas Sheriffs crash $300k drone they're not supposed to be flying
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "The Montgomery County (Texas) Police Reporter reveals that Friday morning a $300K drone was lost by the Sheriffs department in Lake Conroe (just north of Houston.) Divers were searching for the drone, which at 29 pounds is 4 pounds over a recent FAA limit, so shouldn't have been flying. The article goes on to discuss the recently passed Texas Legislature House Bill 912 which restricts the use of drones to observe private property, likely influenced by the January 2012 discovery of illegal pig blood runoff and subsequent indictment." Link to Original Source top
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "The Associated Press reports "The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies". The sites will be in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia. They quote Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx saying "These test sites will give us valuable information about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced technology into our nation's skies". This is a first step to allowing commercial drone use." Link to Original Source top
Houston Expands Downtown Surveilance, Unsure If It Helps
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "Associated Press reports that the Houston (Texas) Police will be adding 180 surveillance cameras in the downtown area, bring the total to close to 1000. While most cover public areas (stadiums, theater district) the police suggest that Houston also has more "critical infrastructure" (energy companies) than other cities. Interestingly AP points out that "Officials say data is not kept to determine if the cameras are driving down crime." Didn't London face the same issue?" Link to Original Source top
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "Sky News reports that the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has launched an orbital telescope on a new generation rocket from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima, in southwestern Japan. The Epsilon rocket uses an onboard AI for autonomous launch checks by the rocket itself. Focusing on reducing costs, the new vehicle required 2 laptops and a launch team of 8, vs the 150 people needed to launch the previous platform, the M-5. Because of the reduced launch team and ease of construction, production and launch costs of the Epsilon are roughly half of the M-5. The payload, a SPRINT-A telescope, is designed for planetary observation." Link to Original Source top
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "The Washington Post reports that the United States Postal Service has contracted with Wahconah Group, Inc. to produce a line of USPS branded smart clothing. Per USPS Licensing manager Steven Mills “This agreement will put the Postal Service on the cutting edge of functional fashion... The main focus will be to produce Rain Heat & Snow apparel and accessories using technology to create ‘smart apparel’ — also known as wearable electronics.” USPS Spokesman Roy Betts reports that the line will be found in premium department stores and specialty stores starting in 2014. The Washington Post points out that the USPS had done a similar retail line in the 1980s sold exclusively at Post Offices, but the line was discontinued after lobbyists complained of competition with the private sector" Link to Original Source top
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "NBC Affiliate KPRC-TV in Houston reports that Federal fraud charges have been filed against four men who attached skimmers to Chase bank ATMS throughout Houston. The skimmers were of a newer design, harder to detect and manufactured using a 3d printer purchased with stolen money." Link to Original Source top
Info of 3.5 million Texans was publicly accessible
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "The Houston Chronicle reports "Personal information of about 3.5 million Texans — including names, mailing addresses and Social Security numbers — was posted on a publicly accessible server at the state comptroller's office, much of it for more than a year" The records included retired teachers and the unemployed, and sometimes included DOB and drivers license numbers." Link to Original Source top
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "The Texas Trade Up Appliance Rebate Program is the state implementation of $23 million in federal stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish and administer an Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. In a debacle I fully expected, the rebate application website opened for applications at 7:00A.M CDT and promptly drowned. Per their Twitter feed (aptly named TX Powerful Smart) they claim that "We’ve had 19.5 million hits from more than 105K unique IPs as of 10:15a." and "We’re getting 1,700 Web hits per second and about 1,000 calls per minute.". As of 11:00A.M. CDT the website is unavailable. Best statement yet: "We’re still experiencing unprecedented response to the reservation Web site and phone lines that is impacting access." What precedent? Can this kind of response still be a surprise in 2010?" Link to Original Source top
Weird Giant Spiral Seen in Sky over Norway | Unive
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "Numerous viewers have reported and/or captured a huge multi-colored spiral appearing over Norway this morning. There is some speculation that it might have been a Russian rocket launch." Link to Original Source top
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "San Antonio, TX: KENS5 Reporter James Muñoz reports that police have arrested a 16-year-old girl on charges of harassment under a new Texas law that took effect September 1, 2009. H.B. 2003 says a person commits a third degree felony if the person posts one or more messages on a social networking site with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten another person. Police say the harassment went on for a few months and involved a dispute over a boy." Link to Original Source top
FTC to require Bloggers to reveal Review Kickbacks
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "From the Houston Chronicle, today the Federal Trade Commission revised it's guidelines on endorsements and testimonials. Starting December 1st bloggers will be required to clearly disclose any remuneration they get from companies in exchange for reviewing their products." Link to Original Source top
SpaceGhost writes "Anthropologist Richard Wrangham, author of "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human" suggests that the discovery of cooked food led to evolutionary changes resulting in a smaller and different digestive system based on a higher quality diet, mainly relying on cooked meat. In an interview on NPR's Science Friday (text and audio) Professor Wrangham explores concepts such as the digestive costs of food, the benefits (or lack thereof) of raw diets, and a distinct preference in Great Apes for cooked food over raw." Link to Original Source top
Student design cardboard computer case aimed at su
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "The Houston Chronicle has a story on a Grad student at the University of Houston who has designed a cardboard case for a computer. This is not a new concept, but this one is meant to be used in manufacture. The idea is that it will be faster and easier to produce (no fasteners for example) and dramatically easier to recycle. With computers having such short lifespans nowadays, could this be a good direction to move towards? Or will overclockers burn their house down? "This isn't built to last",HoustonChronicle,20090917" Link to Original Source top
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "According to the Houston Chronicle, the Attorney for a Texas man charged in the death of a four-year-old "has asked several local media outlets to provide the names of readers and listeners who commented about his client online", stating that his client "was struck by the conclusions people drew about his client and the specificity of some comments that made it appear they came from people with personal knowledge of the case." Media outlets who have been subpoenaed include The Houston Chronicle, the Conroe Courier, KHOU (Houston area Channel 11, CBS affiliate) and KTRK (Houston area Channel 13, ABC affiliate).